Chicago bishop who didn't report child abuse allegations to police is living on archdiocese property

By Marlena Baldacci And Dakin Andone
September 08, 2018

Bishop Raymond Goedert, right, is seen at a Mass in Brookfield, Illinois, in August 1996.

A bishop who admitted he never reported suspicions of child sexual abuse by priests is currently living in a historic mansion owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In a 2007 deposition, Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert told lawyers he never alerted law enforcement to allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy before providing the lawyers with the names of 25 clergy members who he knew had been accused of such behavior.

Today, 90-year-old Goedert is living at the Archbishop's Residence, an historic three-story building made of "smooth red brick" with 19 chimneys, three of which are in use, according to the archdiocese's website, which calls it "perhaps the largest and best-preserved building of its type in the Chicago area."

Paula Waters, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, said Goedert, who is retired, remains in "good standing because he never had a charge against him."


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